Following the AIP diet on a limited budget: tips and tricks
The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) diet is specifically designed to reduce inflammation in the body and support the immune system. Following the AIP diet on a limited budget can be a challenge, but it's definitely possible with the right strategies and smart choices. In this blog, we share helpful tips and tricks for following the AIP diet on a limited budget.
Affordable dieting through planning
One of the best ways to keep the AIP diet affordable is by planning ahead. This can be done, for example, by using the meal planner in our recipe booklet, or by creating a weekly menu or grocery list based on AIP-friendly foods. What you can and cannot eat in each phase can be found in the Yes/No list. Buy it here. Planning ahead helps prevent impulse purchases and food waste. When purchasing food, seasonal and locally grown items are often cheaper and of better quality. Visit farmers' markets or look for local agricultural cooperatives where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and grass-fed meat at lower prices. This option not only supports your budget but also sustainable farming practices.
Key foods in the AIP diet
Grass-fed meat and wild fish are important protein sources in the AIP diet, but they can be expensive. An interesting option is to buy organ meats. Read more about the benefits of this type of meat here. Organ meats, such as liver, heart, and kidneys, are often cheaper than other types of meat and contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals. It's a cost-effective way to add nutrients to your diet while managing your budget.
Saving money by buying in bulk
When you eventually decide to go grocery shopping, it's useful to buy AIP ingredients in bulk. Buying in bulk often comes with discounts, saving you money in the long run. You can also plan a cooking day once a week to prepare various dishes and then divide them into portions. This provides convenience and reduces stress on busy days when you don't have time to cook. Read more about the stress battery and the AIP diet here.
Prepare your meals yourself
Additionally, within the AIP diet, it's important to prepare your meals yourself. This is not only cost-effective but also allows you to have control over the ingredients and prevent cross-contamination. You can freeze the remaining portions for busy days when you don't have time to cook. Some AIP ingredients may be expensive, but there are cheaper alternatives available, such as replacing coconut flour with tapioca flour. Be creative and experiment with different affordable options.
AIP diet on limited budget: multiple ways
The AIP diet can be quite expensive at times. However, with smart choices, such as focusing on affordable staple foods, planning and preparing, making clever substitutions, and including organ meats, anyone, regardless of budget, can successfully follow the AIP diet. For everyone, food can once again be the medicine it used to be.